Placencia Peninsula is sixteen miles long and is home to three communities. Two are Seine Bight and Maya Beach, the other, Placencia Village, is right at the southern tip of the peninsula. Placencia is just a 35-minute flight from Belize City. If you choose to come by road, you will have an interesting and scenic journey, no matter which direction you take. You will find beautiful Laru Beya Beach Resort close to Placencia Village.
Placencia Village is right at the tip of this sixteen mile narrow peninsula, which separates the Caribbean Sea from Placencia Lagoon, fringed by mangroves. The road you took to reach Laru Beya, that goes into Placencia Village has the lagoon on one side and the sea on the other. The village, being a traditional fishing village, has a boat dock where you will find several tour guide businesses. There are a number of dive shops, where you can rent scuba equipment and hire expert guides who will take you out into the Caribbean waters. For your convenience you will also find the service station, a bus stop if you choose not to drive, yourself, a post office, and, of course, grocery stores.
Placencia Village is famous for being one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in Belize. Legend has it that it was founded in the early 1600’s by English buccaneers. Placencia was a small fishing village until the age of tourism. Many fishermen saw the benefit of catering to the tourist trade, so they exchanged their fishing lines to scuba gear. Their detailed knowledge of the waters, the reef, and the dive holes make them perfect tourist guides.
Placencia Village’s main street is unique. It is a mile long and only wide enough for a wheelbarrow to carry fish from the dock without anyone having to push through the sand. It was built about thirty years ago and is surrounded by swaying palms and bordered by traditional wooden houses. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the narrowest main street in the entire world. As you stroll along this unique walkway you will pass restaurants, bars and gift shops.
Placencia is a perfect base from which to explore many of Nature’s attractions. Explore the Monkey River, travel inland to the Cockscomb Basin or visit the amazing Maya ruins, of which Belize has more than a thousand. Kayak through the mangroves and out to any of the many nearby islands, called cayes.
Placencia is world-famous for offshore fishing. There are many types of game fish for you to go after. The local fishing guides will ensure you have an unforgettable time. Diving and Snorkeling through the second largest barrier reef is a must for all who seek underwater adventure. If you are one of our more relaxed visitors, you will love to just stretch out in a hammock on the pristine white-sand beach. Beyond the beach and the water, Placencia offers so much.
Making the Most of Your Stay at Placencia’s Laru Beya
Here are just a few examples of ways to fill your time and to make your stay memorable.
Spend time in Placencia Village. It has many Creole traditions for you to learn about.
Seine Bight is a traditional Garifuna village just a few miles north of Placencia. Sample traditional Garifuna dishes while you listen to Garifuna music.
Go scuba diving down the sheer sides of the reef, as well as snorkeling off the beaches of Silk Caye and Laughing Bird Caye.
Rent a kayak and paddle out to nearby Placencia Caye or stay closer to shore and explore the lagoon.
Enjoy fly fishing and spinning, both inside and outside the reef.